Performance Today

Stephen Lias on our National Parks

Stephen LiasCourtesy of the artist

May 28, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park system. On this weekend's Performance Today, composer Stephen Lias joins us to discuss how he discovered a love of the outdoors, and how the National Parks have inspired 20 of his compositions. And we'll hear one such piece; Crown of the Continent, inspired by Glacier National Park.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; David Danzmayr, conductor
St. John the Divine, Houston, TX

The Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Katherine Oxnard Ellis, from Savannah, GA

Johannes Brahms: Nanie, Op. 82
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland

Hour 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
Youlan Ji, piano
Cliburn Junior Piano Competition, Ed Landreth Hall, TCU, Fort Worth, TX

Stephan Lias: Crown of the Continent
Moravian Philharmonic

Max Bruch: String Octet in B flat major, Op. posth.
Scott Yoo, violin; Mark Chien, violin; Stefan Hersh, violin; Mary Grace Johnson, violin; Virginia Barron, viola; Emily Brandenburg, viola; Ray Kim, cello; Rachel Calin, bass
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado Springs, CO